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Canada's top R&D spenders are boosting investment: Bombardier, Blackberry in the lead
Research spending has seen an increase of 4.1% to $12.5 billion in 2013 since the previous year according to the annual Canada's Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders list by Research Infosource Inc. In first place is Quebec-based Bombardier Inc.,  with $2.2 billion of research spending—an increase of 15.4% from the previous year. BlackBerry Ltd. came in second with  $1.3 billion and Magna International came in third place with a 12% spending increase to $576.8 million. Read more...
 
AstraZeneca builds cancer R&D dream house
AstraZen eca has given a down payment of $150 million to Definiens, in addition to executing another partnership with Johnson & Johnson and Pharmacyclics, increasing its portfolio of immuno-oncology deals. The deal will enable AstraZeneca to develop improved biomarkers for cancer patients. Read more...
 
Work begins on new R&D Centre for Takeda Cambridge
The new 42,000 sq ft centre for pharmaceutical group, Takeda Cambridge, has begun construction in Cambridge Science Park. There are now only 2 vacant plots remaining on Cambridge's prime R&D location. Read more...

 

External R&D necessary for open source
Linux executive, Jim Zemlin, states that organisations need to set up an external R&D department in order to successfully develop their open source software. Investing in "faster and cheaper" methods of generating software will enable organisations to stand above the crowd. Read more...

 

Pharma sector fails to keep R&D spending commitment
A 17 year agreement with the pharmaceutical industry spending 10% of its revenue on R&D in Canada in exchange for extended patents of medicine with the government of Canada, has come to an end. Although spending has continued to drop for over a decade, the pharmaceutical industry will not incur a penalty as it had not been negotiated. Read more...

 

£35m investment and 35 new R&D jobs at Seagate
Seagate Technology is investing £35m and creating 35 new Research and Development jobs at their Springtown premises in Londonderry. A statement from SDLP Foyle MP, Mark Durkan, explains the additional positions are exactly the sort of high-end technology jobs which is required to boost Derry's economy. Read more...

 
 
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Air Canada expands introduction of new international business class and premium economy seating

Air Canada has announced the expansion of its new International Business Class product and Premium Economy Seating. International Business Class cabins will feature up to 30 lie-flat Executive Pods, and Premium Economy Seating will up to 24 spacious, reclining seats with wider leg room. Conversion of Air Canada's new aircrafts is planned to begin 2015 and completion is expected in 2016. Read more...

 

BMO's new ATMs will bring enhanced banking experience
Customers will soon have access to BMO's intelligent-deposit touch screens, that will permit multi-deposit transactions, and enable scanned cheques and bank notes to be viewed on screen and then printed on receipts at the ATM. These new ATMs, built using the NCR Cx Banking software platform, will be available for use in Ontario Summer 2015. Read more...
 
CGI's new UK security facilities to deliver protective monitoring and cyber threat analysis services

CGI has opened its first, state-of-the-art UK Security Operations Center (SOC) in South Wales, in addition to a new "cybersecurity" center in Reading. The SOC will offer clients with real-time alerts of both internal and external threats, enabling immediate action for data protection. The new center in Reading will work with the SOC to offer real-time protection against cybersecurity threats. Read more...

 

Madano wins carbon capture brief
Tees Valley Unlimited, leader in the development of industrial carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, has for the first time hired a PR agency, the Madano Partnership, to maximise the coverage of its project. Branding, messaging, media and stakeholder relations will all be targeted to help gain the support of policy makers in the UK and EU for Industrial CCS. Read more...

 

RBC to test out new Nymi technology
Royal Bank is introducing the next big fashion accessory for shopping. Shoppers will be able to wear their payment options on their wrists. Collaborating with Toronto-based technology developer Bionym, Royal Bank will test a new wristband called Nymi, which looks like a watch and identifies owners by tracking their heartbeat and charging purchases to their credit card. Read more...

 

EY wins RBS contract from 2016
Royal Bank of Scotland has allotted Ernst & Young LLP as its external auditor from 2016. RBS previous auditor, Deloitte, will complete the audits for 2014 and 2015. Read more...

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